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Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Oct 5, 2016.

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    When I was a little girl, my family moved from Bronx, N.Y., to our new house in Potomac, Md. It was approximately July 2, 1976, two days before the nation’s bicentennial and the biggest July 4th celebration in 100 years.

    My father, a NASA computing pioneer, had told me about the significance of the bicentennial and took me to buy the family a TV so we could watch the parades. My father planned to pay with a check from his New York bank, but D.C. merchants only accepted checks from local banks. We opened a new bank account and purchased a 12-inch black and white with rabbit ears, watched the parades, and then proceeded downtown in an old car and heavy traffic to see the fireworks, which clearly I still remember as a symbol of our country and the effort we make to celebrate and to protect.

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